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The Republican Turkish Party United Forces (CTP-BG) and the Democratic Rally Party (DISY), which is in power in South Cyprus, decided during their meeting yesterday that from now on the leaders of both parties will mutually attend the board meetings of both parties, so that they can express their opinions.

DISY leader Averof Neofitu and his delegation visited CTP-BG’s headquarters yesterday. After the meeting, CTP-BG leader Mehmet Ali Talat and DISY leader Averof Neofitu spoke to the press. CTP-BG leader Talat said that they had a successful meeting and noted that they, as the two main parties, reaffirmed their commitment to a settlement. Stating that they also discussed some thorny issues, Talat said that they decided that from now on the leaders of both parties will mutually attend the board meetings of both parties, so that they can express their opinions. Responding to the press, Talat said the thorny issues included some delicate subjects such as guarantor powers, property, cross voting and rotating presidency. Talat also said that they were not trying to reach an agreement while discussing these issues, and both parties displayed great sensitivity.

DISY leader Averof Neofitu said that they expressed one more time their support and determination to continue dialogue and to reunify the island.

Noting that they will work co-operatively for turning problems into opportunities, as well as danger and fears into hope, Neofitu stated that they will strive to reunify Cyprus.

Responding to a question on guarantor powers, Neofitu emphasized that their aim is not to take the place of the negotiations, but to support the leaders who are negotiating.

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